EUCAR was established on 27 May 1994, evolving from the previous Joint Research Committee (JRC) of the European motor vehicle manufacturers. Following on from the scientific cooperation carried out by the JRC, EUCAR has begun to foster strategic cooperation in research & technological development (R&TD) activities.

The objective of this common approach is progressively to achieve technologies for the optimisation of the motor vehicle of the future. This continuous process will also provide intermediate solutions for substantial improvements in the short and medium-term.

The 11 members of EUCAR represent the major European vehicle manufacturers.